Thursday, April 3, 2008

So Long...

I have officially decided to merge my two blogs: Papa's Bloggito and SoccerVegas. This blog covered (obviously) soccer, while my other blog covered everything else that interests me. I am at the point where having two blogs seems redundant to me, so I will be posting over there now. There may come a day when I decide to actually copy all of the posts from the blog over there, but I highly doubt that will happen. I think "laziness" would be the culprit for that.

With the merger will also come a change of name. From now I on I will be blogging on what shall be known as Papa's World.

I hope to see you over there!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Why Not?

With so many others out there making predictions for the season, I thought I'd try my hand at it, too. Here are my guesses fro how the season will end (this is not taking playoffs into account. It is only for the regular season).

1. DC United - They brought in some defensive grit and seem to have fixed those holes from last year. They have a VERY busy season, but I think that they have the ammunition to deal with it.

2. Chivas USA - Even with an aging Suarez and Razov, this team has a lot of depth and the will to push for the season wins. Their busy schedule is slightly less busy than Houston's and that is partly why I'll give them the nod.

3. Houston Dynamo - Even with the defensive loss of Cochrane, and the offensive leak of forwards, the core team remains intact, and Kinnear has proven himself able to make vital mid-season acquisitions to keep the team strong.

4. New England Revolution - I'll be shocked if there isn't some jewel from the draft that Nicol didn't pick out. the man has a knack for finding these guys that step up and take on a real role in the team. I don't think the losses of Noonan or Dorman will spell disaster at all; the Revs will find new blood to fill in those roles.

5. Kansas City Wizards - I like what Curt Onalfo is doing with this team, and I think they have addressed some of the issues they needed to.

6. New York Red Bulls - Osorio has begun to prove himself a rather capable coach in the MLS, and I think with that strong duo of JPA and Altidore up top, he'll be able to focus on and address the defensive weaknesses that were shown last season.

7. Chicago Fire - You can't discount Blanco. He came in a turned this team around. A lot has fallen on the shoulders of Hamlett and we'll see what he can bring.

8. Real Salt Lake - These guys will surprise us all this year. Kreis has had enough time to get his players to buy into his system, and I think their approach is a healthy one. The defense has been shored up, and there is depth on the roster for the first time.

9. Los Angeles Galaxy - We will see an improvement from these guys this year, but it won't be enough to get them to where they want to be. That back line (along with Cronin in goal) is just begging for goals in the net, which would spell utter ruin except that the offense will pick up the slack.

10. Columbus Crew - I think this team will have a strong run at the end of the season as some of its younger players come into their own, and I like the addition of Brian Carroll to Schellotto's midfield to add some defensive grit.

11. FC Dallas - This is a team with a lot of potential, but just not enough. I don't see Cooper as enough of an offensive threat to carry the goal scoring of this team. You gotta love Toja, but it is just not enough.

12. Colorado Rapids - I love Christian Gomez, but I don't think he'll be enough to help this one. Clavijo is a dead weight that will continue to drag this team down until he is relieved.

13. Toronto FC - This team slept through their off-season, and even lost one of the players that could have helped them out. They must be counting on an injury free season to have done so little, but even without injuries, I'm just not convinced that they'll be able to pull it together.

14. San Jose Earthquakes - A strong pre-season of sorts does not convince me that this team is ready for anything else than to be hammered.

CONCACAF Champion's League

I gotta say, I am psyched about the new format. I was already a fan of the old one, but, as is made plain by the name of it, the old one was a cup tournament. It only allowed for eight teams. Now we are jumping up to twenty-four. I applaud CONCACAF for having the balls to put this thing together. I hope that it will help our region grow in the way I'm envisioning.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

CONCACAF Champion's Cup

Well, it is indeed that time again. I've been absent from this site throughout the whole off-season, and frankly I don't know hoe much I'll really be putting into it during this season, but when I have time and the will, I'll write.

So, I figured I'd do a preview of sorts on my two favorite teams. First up: DC.

DC lost some previously key players: Christian Gomez, Troy Perkins, and Bobby Boswell. Boswell had fallen off in form, so that is no surprise (for him to be traded I mean). Perkins was still doing very well, but got an offer to go to Europe. Of course he took it, and I wish him the best of luck (and given DC's new status of being basically keeper-less, the trade of Boswell for Wells makes complete sense). Then, there is the loss of consistent Christian Gomez. I am sad to see him go. He wanted too much money, and DC felt they could bring in someone extraordinary instead. It sounds like Gallardo could be the real deal, and I am more than happy to let him prove to me that he is. The additions of a couple of Gonzalos and a Franco also make me happy. Hopefully our defensive line will be able to shore up the holes that were far too often exploited last season.

On a side note, despite my dislike for Colorado, I am excited to see what can happen with the two Gomez's playing with each other. I love Christian and I can't help but have a sweet spot for Herc, too (he did go to UNLV after all). I don't really want the team to do well, but I do want them to do well. I guess all we need is for the Rapids' defense to blow. Let in one more goal than you score, but score at least two a game. That ought to work.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Rebel Weekend

This weekend saw a win and a loss for the Rebs. Lamar Neagle scored our only goal in a 3-1 loss to San Jose State University on Friday evening. On Sunday, Stephen Sifuentes assisted on Ben Haugland's third goal of the season, giving the Rebs a 1-0 win over Sacramento State.

The Rebs are now 7-8-2, and 3-5 in their conference.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Award For Paterson

Congrats to UNLV Rebel Junior forward Nicholas Paterson for his game winning goal against New Mexico and the accolades that are streaming his way now. He was named Co-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week and also to College Soccer News' Team of the Week. Not too shabby.
He also wins my award for being Scottish and coming to play soccer in Las Vegas. I don't have the plaque or trophy ready, yet. Just sit there and imagine it Nicky-boy. It's on its way... (no, no I just lied. It's not.)

Monday, November 5, 2007

Upset Victory

The Rebs beat 21st-ranked New Mexico 2-1 on Saturday night (UNLV news release here). Goals by Lamar Neagle and the game-winner by Nicholas Paterson. Stephen Sifuentes assisted on the game-winner. This weekend will see the last two home games of the season for the boys.